Langston Hughes : African American Poet “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.(Langston Hughes)” Langston Hughes pursues his dreams despite the changes in his life. Langston Hughes fulfilled his dreams to become an award writing poet. His life background, the Harlem Renaissance and his literary works were the ways to reach his dreams. Langston Hughes was born in “Joplin, Missouri in 1902″(Pettis, Joyce). His father James Hughes abandoned his mother Carrie Langston Hughes leaving Langston Hughes to become what was called ” a passed around child”(Pettis, Joyce). Langston Hughes parents divorced and he moved from place to place, his loyalty had divided within his parents Then he moved to Washington, D.C, to live with his mother’s family but “by the year 1926 he moved to New York City “. Next his childhood was lonely and difficult. Throughout his childhood he lived many places “he lived with his dad for 7 years in Mexico”. His father settled there to avoid segregation in the United States. For his education was all paid for by friends and. Then he had earned the title of class poet and wrote short stories while attending Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio. After a year he left Mexico and he decided to enroll in Columbia University and was focused on earning an engineering degree. Langston Hughes and his literary career and his influences he exerted a influence on American arts and culture well into the last third of the twentieth century. He was mostly influenced by the people of his previous jobs and their different cultures and that inspired him to do poetry and short stories . He was also encouraged by his teachers and classmates. Then he absorbed human and cultural reasons from all the places and people he encountered which gave him a idea of the types of writing he could do and also some writings about certain cultures and also poets to recognize the racism and the society that he lived in and the african american culture. Next The Harlem Renaissance was a big contributor to his works his works. His reading fits into the largest framework of Harlem Renaissance because it was during the period that african americans began to be characterized for their intelligence as well for their literature, fine arts, and music. The Harlem Renaissance introduced a generation of artist that all had the same goals to reimagine the ” new negro” as a powerful, creative, and inspiring figure for a new age. Also The Harlem Renaissance and its new redefinition of the image of the block. “Langston Hughes, the poetic form offered a mirror for the larger American public, while casting a much more detailed image of the nation’s racialized state much more than the prevailing distortions could allow”(Varlock, Christopher). Langston Hughes and his works he worked on a number of different collaborations with various writers, editors, and artists in the fifthteen years of his life. Langston Hughes published The sweet flypaper of life also with co-editing a pictorial history of the “new negro” in America. Langston Hughes was sometimes referred as the dean of literature but also made good contributions as an editor in assembling the best short stories by negro writers. There were several books and collaborations by Langston Hughes which published in his final volume of poetry, “The Panther and the Lash.” Langston Hughes wrote novels, newspaper columns, essays, plays, short stories, histories, autobiographies, and children books. He published his “first two volumes of poetry during the 1920’s”. He visited several ports along the continents western coast, poems and short stories captured his impressions of the land and the people he met on the ship and the ports. During Langston Hughes matribulation of Lincoln , Hughes worked on his novel, “not without laughter”. Hughes was condemned by black critics by calling him the “poet low-rate” of Harlem in a review of fine clothes to the Jewish. He had a numerous collection which had included two volumes of short stories, “laughing to keep them from crying”. Finally Langston Hughes published groundbreaking criticism invoicing his position and the responsibility of the block artist to embrace all of African American culture in the essay “The negro artist and the racial mountain.”He was also distinguished as innovative voice because his works that inspired many people and all of his works were constant and had great flows and were During Langston Hughes adulthood he moved on from Columbia University and he relinquished his father’s financial support then, after that he started working many jobs. The jobs he worked required physical labor he found work on a ship and began a period of travel that would greatly shape his later works. Next Langston Hughes moved to New York city his life and works became associated with the negro, or Harlem Renaissance. He was a leader of the Harlem Renaissance and a Howard University professor . Langston Hughes continued to write while maintaining a nomadic life and kept observing everything he saw as he grew up. Next during Langston Hughes adulthood he inspired other peers to become writers and he helped others become good poets just as Langston Hughes was a good poet and author. After leaving Columbia, Hughes worked a series of jobs and then joined the crew of a freighter band for West Africa. He also spent six months in Paris before returning to the United States. Langston Hughes traveled extensively in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Cuba, the Azares, and the Canary Islands. Finally his Interest in African and African American culture, had a profound impact on his writing and shaped his sensitivity to the working classes. Also Langston Hughes was a peaceful and kind man we was very helpful in the communities he was in. He was a influence to other people and he encouraged other people just like they encountered and encouraged him to do his works and also he was very criticized by many people during his adulthood which was why he became a big impact on The Harlem Renaissance and a huge contributor. But Langston Hughes ignored all of the criticism and continued being a great poet.